With Windows 8 and older Windows versions, it was generally important to install a security solution, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, before continuing on to other applications. But Windows 8 includes the functionality from Security Essentials as part of the Windows Defender solution, so this is no longer necessary. If you prefer a third-party security solution for some reason, however, you should install that first.. Before you do that, however, there is one absolutely critical task you must perform: You must make room for the new Windows 8 install. This can occur on its own disk, so if you have one sitting in the PC waiting to go, you’re all set. But if you have just one hard disk, as in a typical laptop, you’ll need to segregate it into separate partitions, segments of the disk that work and act like individual hard disks. And to do this, you must use a fairly complex and well-hidden tool called Disk Management.. We’re not buying into this. In the interests of clarity, we’re naming things. And in those places where Microsoft refuses to name names, we’re giving them names. And sometimes we’re deviating from the way Microsoft does things. But to be clear, we’re doing this for you, to make things obvious and simpler, and to prevent clever or lengthy turns of word that would annoy all of us.. Managing Files and Folders. While Windows does offer some basic applications and, in Windows 8, some new Metro-style apps as well, most Windows users will want to install a number of more full-featured Windows applications, such as Microsoft Office, as well. And while Microsoft is moving inexorably to a future of Metro-style apps, Windows 8 also works with traditional (one might say,“old-fashioned”) Windows applications almost exactly like its predecessors. But there have been a handful of improvements in this area, so we’ll discuss the changes in this section.. As before, you can configure which physical folders are used to populate individual libraries and you can, as before, make your own libraries, too. What’s different in Windows 8 is that Microsoft is now providing SkyDrive apps for both the Metro and desktop environments (though only the former is available “in the box” with the OS). This means you can now access and use cloud-based SkyDrive storage as if it were part of your PC’s hard drive, including with libraries.. Here are a few things to note about this functionality.. One last hoop: Newly installed providers don’t always show up in the Manage Add-ons window immediately. To make that happen, you may need to close the Manage Add-ons window and try again. It’s surprisingly laborious.. You can always type Ctrl + T
to“go to today” in Calendar, whether it’s in snapped view or the normal full-screen mode. Ctrl + N works in snapped view, too, for creating a new event.. If you’re familiar with Windows Phone, you know that Microsoft’s smartphone platform sports an excellent unified messaging client called—wait for it—Messaging that lets you communicate with others via services such as SMS, MMS, Windows Live Messenger, and Facebook, all via a single interface. That Messaging client uses color-codedthreads to differentiate between conversations you have, regardless of the service used, and you can switch back and forth between the available services depending on which services your contacts use as well. It’s a nice little app that integrates well with the underlying OS, popping-up notification toasts if you’re doing something else and a new message arrives.NOTE. • Delete: This button deletes the file from your PC, after a quick confirmation.. Figure 11-24: Windows Backup lives in Windows 8 as the Windows 7 File Recovery control panel. [Картинка: i_392.jpg]. • Windows activation: While activation is hardly new to Windows 8, Microsoft has created an Action Center experience in this release that tracks whether your copy of Windows is activated, and thus valid. You can see this interface in Figure 12-19.. When Action Center detects an issue, it provides notifications via its system tray icon. Clicking these, or the associated warnings that appear in the Action Center control panel, brings you to the user interface you need to mitigate the issue. For example, as part of its overall system performance and reliability tracking, Action Center could eventually warn you to disable app[lication]s to help improve performance. This slightly off-base recommendation—it really means, “disable startup applications to improve boot-time performance” and has nothing to do with Metro-style apps—links to the Task Manager. In Windows 8, the Task Manager now provides a Startup tab that lets you enable and disable applications (but not Metro-style apps) that are configured to run at boot time. This can be seen in Figure 12-20.. • BranchCache: Aimed at distributed corporations, BranchCache lets servers and users’ PCs in branch offices cache files, websites, and other content that is sent from a central office over the WAN, so that it is not repeatedly downloaded at great cost by different users in the same location. With more and more corporate mergers and acquisitions, and larger companies maintaining separate physical offices in different locales, this is a real need..